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RIAA wins overwhelming copyright and sanctions victory against Usenet.com By Sharona Hakimi – Edited by Anthony Kammer Arista Records LLC v. Usenet.com, Inc., June 30, 2009, No. 07 Civ. 8822 Opinion On June 30, 2009, a New York District Court granted summary judgment for the Recording Artist Association of America (RIAA) in its case against Usenet.com.  Judge Harold Baer of the Southern District of New York held the website liable for direct, contributory, and vicarious copyright infringement.  Additionally, Judge Baer ... Read More...
Posted On Jul - 9 - 2009 Comments Off READ FULL POST
Minnesota Jury Awards Nearly $2 Million in RIAA File-Sharing Suit By Anthony Kammer-Edited by Amanda Rice RIAA/Capitol v. Thomas-Rasset On Thursday, June 18, 2009, a federal jury in Minneapolis, MN returned a $1.92 million verdict against Jammie Thomas-Rasset for willfully infringing the copyrights of twenty four songs she had made available for download on Kazaa, a file-sharing program. The suit, brought by the Recording Industry Artists of America (“RIAA”), involved copyrights owned by subsidiaries of four major recording companies, Warner ... Read More...
Posted On Jun - 22 - 2009 Comments Off READ FULL POST
California District Court Strikes at “Patent Trolling” By Tyler Lacey – Edited by Amanda Rice Diagnostic Systems Corp. v. Symantec Corp., June 5, 2009, No. SACV 06-1211 DOC (ANx) consolidated with No. SACV 07-960 DOC (ANx). Opinion The United States District Court for the Central District of California granted in part defendant MicroStrategy’s motion requesting a more detailed statement of how its software products infringe on plaintiff Diagnostic Systems Corporation’s (“DSC”) patents, denying only MicroStrategy’s request for monetary sanctions. The ... Read More...
Posted On Jun - 22 - 2009 Comments Off READ FULL POST
Fame Helps Sales Director Survive Bon Jovi’s Motion to Dismiss By Jad Mills – Edited by Caitlyn Ross AFL Philadelphia LLCl v. Krause, June 4, 2009, No. 09-614. Slip Opinion hosted by Exclusive Rights. On June 4, 2009, Judge Baylson of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania denied Philadelphia Soul’s motion to dismiss defendant Joe Krause’s counterclaims for trademark infringement and misappropriation of name in AFL Philadelphia LLC v. Krause. The judge allowed both counterclaims to go forward because Krause had sufficiently alleged ... Read More...
Posted On Jun - 14 - 2009 Comments Off READ FULL POST
By Tyler Lacey Federal Prosecutors Launch New Attack Against Online Gamblers in the United States On June 9, the New York Times reported that federal prosecutors asked four American banks to freeze accounts containing money believed to be used for distributing winnings to online poker players. Wells Fargo, one of the contacted banks, received a court order requiring that the funds be frozen. Professor I. Nelson Rose of Whittier Law School described the move as “surprising” and as a “gamble” ... Read More...
Posted On Jun - 13 - 2009 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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